CFP: The Fourth Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC 2018) with a main theme: "Conditionals: Truth-Conditions, Probability, and Causality"

Submission deadline: July 31, 2018

Conference date(s):
November 15, 2018 - November 17, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan

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The Fourth Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC 2018)  

With a main theme: “Conditionals: Truth-Conditions, Probability, and Causality

Call for Papers

15th (Thursday) - 17th (Saturday) of November, 2018 

Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract of a contributed talk to TPLC 2018.

Deadline of the submission: 31 July, 2018   Notification of accepted contributed talk: 20 August, 2018


The Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC-series, TPLCs for short) is one of two series of biennial conferences established since 2012 and is hosted by Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. (The other is the series of Taiwan Metaphysics Colloquium (TMC-series, TMCs for short), established since 2013). Funding is mainly sourced from annual donation by Ms. Wendy Huang and Shun Yih Ltd. The primary concern of this funding is to enhance the research of logic and analytic philosophy in Taiwan.

The aim of TPLCs is to provide a forum for dialogues amongst philosophers and logicians with regard to a variety of significant issues and topics from philosophical and logical perspectives. We intend to bring together a group of logic-minded philosophers and philosophically oriented logicians. We hope that TPLCs and TMCs will become a series of inspiring events so as to promote the development of logic and analytic philosophy, especially philosophical logic and metaphysics in Asian area, especially in Taiwan.

In order to bring in more philosophical discussions in TPLCs, the organizing committee has decided that for each TPLC, henceforth, a particular topic/issue/problem, which has involved some philosophical debates, will be set as the main theme. We are hoping that, apart from the general topics in philosophical logic, there could be a certain portion (say, half) of talks focusing on the main theme. The main theme of TPLC 2018 will be “Conditionals: Truth-Conditions, Probability and Causality”. 

Conditional is undoubtedly one of the most important, and yet controversial, philosophical topics in philosophy. What is the nature of conditionals? Specifically, what is the difference between indicative conditionals and subjunctive ones? Do either indicative conditionals or subjunctive conditionals have truth conditions? If either do, what are their truth conditions?  While enormous efforts have been devoted to these questions (and more others), there is undoubtedly plenty of room for further exploration. 

This year, the Fourth Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC 2018) will set the research of conditionals as its main theme. We are hoping that apart from non-classical logics, the philosophy of logic and mathematics, and general topics in philosophical logic, more and more attention can be paid to the study of conditionals.  


Dorothy Edgington (FBA, Birkbeck College, University of London) 

Alan Hajek (FAAH, School of Philosophy, RSSS, Australian National University) 


Churn-Jung Liau (Academia Sinica)

Edwin Mares (Victoria University of Wellington)

Hiroakira Ono (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Katie Steele (Australian National University)

Jiji Zhang (Lingnan University)

And more to come.


All researchers working on various aspects of conditionals and general topics in philosophical logic are cordially invited to submit their abstracts by 31 July, 2018. Authors should submit an extended abstract, which is no less than one page but no more than four pages (A4 size, single space). Please put on a separate page with the details of (all) authors, including full names, titles, affiliations, email addresses. By convention, the first author will be the corresponding author, unless special notification is added. Each submission will be reviewed. 

Abstracts and cover letters must be submitted as PDF files and sent to Hsuan-Chih Lin [[email protected]]


TPLCs has been flourishing since 2012 and we have had several successful events, including TPLC 2014, AWPL-TPLC 2016. We have published two volumes of post-conference proceedings: Structural Analysis of Nonclassical Logics (Proceedings of TPLC 2014), and Philosophical Logic: Current Trends in Asia (Proceedings of AWPL-TPLC 2016), in the ‘Logic in Asia’ (LIAA) Book Series, which is one of sub-series of Studia Logica Library, by Springer in October 2015 and December 2017 respectively. 

Following this tradition, we are planning to publish a post-conference proceedings for TPLCIV-2018 as a new volume of the LIAA Book Series by Springer, or some other publisher. All authors of papers presented at the conference are encouraged to submit a full paper. All papers submitted will be refereed to high journal standards, and thus acceptance as a presentation is no guarantee that the post-conference paper will be published. A formal schedule concerning the submission of manuscripts and some other details will be announced after the conference. Based on our previous experience, the deadline of the submission of manuscripts is more likely to be around the end of April.


Free accommodation and travel awards for graduates and junior researchers have been made available by the organizing committee. In some cases, full compensation of expenses is possible. The details, including general information about the awards and the instructions of application, will be announced later on the website.


As the hotel rooms are usually in high demand, it is strongly recommended that as long as you intend to submit an abstract, please send us a note at your convenience: the earlier we get your note, the easier we can secure the room-booking for you. 


Hsuan-Chih Lin [[email protected]]

Duen-Min Deng [[email protected]]

Kok Yong Lee [[email protected]]

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